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Welcome to Decoding Dyslexia TN! We are so glad you found us. You are not alone. We are a Tennessee Non-Profit driven by Tennessee families concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia our schools. We hope that you will use this website to learn more about Dyslexia, to stay up to date on what is happening with Dyslexia in Tennessee and to connect with other families across our state to get your questions answered about how to best advocate for your child. We are here to support each other and to grow our voice to make change. DDTN_logo

PLEASE DIG INTO OUR SITE. We have tons of information about What Dyslexia Is, What Dyslexia Looks LikeHow RTI2 and Dyslexia Screeners work in Tennessee, the 504 and IEP Process in Tennessee, Articles and Resources and so much more!

PLEASE CONNECT WITH US! Please visit us on Facebook and join our Facebook Chatroom to connect with other parents like you! Learn more on our Contact Us page.

PLEASE DONATE! Please help us raise money to pay for events and advertisements to help spread the word about Dyslexia to parents and teachers across the State of Tennessee.  Every bit helps us help you. Please donate $5, $500 or any amount in between to help the 20% of Tennessee children who struggle with Dyslexia. Learn more at our Donate Now page. Donate with PayPal

Decoding Dyslexia TN was founded on October 31st, 2013 when five strangers seeking answers about dyslexia met online and decided to start a Decoding Dyslexia chapter in Tennessee. Since that time Decoding Dyslexia has grown in Tennessee and has made great strides in advocating for Dyslexia Legislation in Tennessee and in raising awareness about Dyslexia across our great state.  Recently, we have become a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! We are so excited for our new phase!

Currently, Decoding Dyslexia TN has 8 active co-leaders:  

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Julya Johnson President.  She is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia-TN, a parent of two children who have dyslexia, an AOGPE Associate Level Certified, and published blogger on Diary of a Deelexia Mom, The Mighty, and Grammarly. She was on the 2014 Tennessee Dyslexia Legislative Council that provided input for the 2014 Tennessee Dyslexia Law, and she helped co-write the 2016 Tennessee Dyslexia Law. She also sits on the Knox County Dyslexia Advisory Council. Follow her on Twitter at @DeelexiaMom. She lives in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.

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Sarah Lightner
Vice President. She is a parent of a child with dyslexia and former homeschooling parent using the Barton System. She is also a small business owner and community volunteer. She lives in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.

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Anna Thorsen Secretary. She is a parent of a middle school daughter with dyslexia and she was diagnosed with dyslexia herself at age 27. She is a member of Tennessee Dyslexia Advisory Council and is a Dyslexia Speaker at venues like Tennessee Association for Assistive Technology and the TNIDA’s 2018 RISE Conference. Visit her website Dyslexia-Untied or follow her on Twitter at @athorsen16. Her children attend Metro Nashville Public Schools.  She lives in Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee.

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Stephanie Hathcock – Director-West Area. She is the mother of two dyslexic children.  She has an MBA and was a real estate investor prior to her children’s diagnoses.  After watching her children struggle with literacy, she devoted herself to Orton-Gillingham training so that she could help her own children learn to read and other children as well.  She works at Bodine School in Germantown, TN, and tutors privately.  She is an Associate Member of the AOGPE, Certified Academic Language Practitioner, Structured Language Dyslexia Interventionist, and is SMILA trained.  She lives in Germantown, Shelby County, Tennessee.

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Lori Smith Director-At-Large. She is a parent of a child with dyslexia. She co-wrote Tennessee’s 2016 Say Dyslexia Law. She currently is a small business owner, an education advocate and a community volunteer. She lives in Clarksville, Montgomery County, Tennessee.

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Suzanne Roberts Director-At-Large. She is a parent of a child with dyslexia. She homeschool and owns a small business. She has dyslexia herself and did not become a proficient reader until adulthood. She lives in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee.


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Melissa Tackett Director-At-Large. She is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia-TN, a parent of a child with dyslexia and a former public school 3-5th grade teacher.  She is currently a Certified Academic Language Therapist at Hoover Learning Group trained in Wilson, Slingerland, and SMILA. She lives in Brentwood, Williamson County, Tennessee.Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 2.17.50 PM

Eileen Miller – Advising Member. She is a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia- TN, a member of Tennessee Dyslexia Advisory Council, and the owner/founder of Ignite Dyslexia Awareness.  She is the parent to a high school daughter with dyslexia and works as an Orton Gillingham tutor and education advocate. She lives in Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee.

Disclaimer: Remember, we are 100% volunteer and grassroots. While some of the founders have separate professional businesses that you are welcome to reach out to for advice, Decoding Dyslexia – TN, is a Tennessee Non-Profit and is not claiming to be a professional business. Anything you see on Decoding Dyslexia -TN should not take the place of professional, individual advice, which we recommend you seek to answer your specific questions. Nothing contained on this website is intended to provide medical, legal or other professional advice. We are simply parents and others who care about spreading dyslexia awareness.

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